Dr. Barry Ryan is an experienced figure in higher education, having had successful tenures as President or Chancellor of various institutions, including Argosy University and West Coast University. He has also served as Provost of Regent University, as a fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States and currently as a commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Dr. Ryan earned his PhD in European Intellectual History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Juris Doctorate (JD) from UC Berkeley School of Law. He joined ITU’s leadership team in July 2016.
Faculty Chair's Office
Dr. Amal Mougharbel, Department Chair of International Technological University Business Administration. Dr. Mougharbel has earned a global academic career through her experience in teaching in Universities in the Middle East, in United Arab Emirates, and in the States for 18 years. She was the system-wide accounting curriculum leader for 12 campuses in the United Arab Emirates.
In 2007, she earned a PhD degree in Business Administration from the "Université de Corse Pascal Paoli", Corte, France. In 1999, she earned a Master Science of Business Administration degree from San Francisco State University. In 1987, she earned a BA in Education with a concentration in French Language and Literature from the Lebanese University, Lebanon.
Before she pursued an academic career, she had been the accounting manager for 10years in local and international companies located in California. The role of accounting manager helps her bring her experience to the classrooms. She is a member of the American Association of Accounting.
Dr. Mougharbel interest is doing research in the Business area. She presented two papers in the Western Economic Association International – WEAI Conference, and the IAREP / SABE / ICABEEP Conference. In addition, she presented papers in France, Corte. She co-published two papers with a visitor scholar on Business topics. And she published two books: Current Accounting and Business Articles and Cases. And Arabic-English Accounting Dictionary for Arabic students based on their workplace.
Dr. Mougharbel is an alumni of WASC Assessment Leadership Academy (ALA) program, where she was trained on Academic Institutional Assessment.
Dr. Abdeljabbar joined ITU in 2016 as an adjunct Faculty at the Business Administration Department. He is also a Full time tenured faculty at Mission College since 2005; he joined Mission College as a Faculty and Department Chair for the Computer Science & Information Technology Department (CSIT). He holds several Industry certificates such as: CCNA, N+, CCAI, and MCP.
Dr. Abdeljabbar served Mission College as the Business & Technology Division Chair and the Academic Senate President from 2012-2015. Currently Dr. Abdeljabbar is chairing the Sabbatical Committee for West Valley and Mission College district; also he is the Faculty member representing Both Mission College and West valley at the District Council.
Dr. Frank Aguilera is a senior engineer at NASA. His 40 plus year career has included positions in private industry and Department of Defense. His varied assignments have been as a researcher for technology developments and as manager of various state-of-the-art technologies and aircraft developments.
Early in his career he worked in wind-tunnel and flight test experiments of various advanced aircraft. In his mid-career he conducted operational testing of GPS receivers during initial constellation deployment. And he managed the development of an experimental aircraft. Most recently he has been involved in drone developments and associated autonomy research. One of his responsibilities at NASA includes overseeing aircraft airworthiness and flight safety.
Dr. Aguilera has been teaching at ITU for several years in both the DBA and MBA programs. Dr. Aguilera is a member of the following professional associations, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
30 minutes before class and by appointment
Experienced Professor, Civic and community leader, Prof. Fel Anthony Amistad has a long list of accomplishments. Amistad is a holder of a Juris Doctorate and is a retired corporate executive with a business-law background. Amistad has over 25 years training in real estate and marketing, business and finance, and commercial and corporate finance. Prof. Amistad has 2 decades of experience in international finance, real estate investments, marketing, and corporate executive leadership. He is a licensed real estate broker with the California Bureau of Real Estate. He has negotiated multi-million dollar transactions, from condominium sales to commercial sales. He is also a licensed mortgage loan officer, originating tens of million of dollars in real estate financing.
Prof. Amistad was past CEO of City Bankers Mortgage Company, One Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA. He was also past President and General Manager Realty World- California Properties. He was past President and Real Estate Broker for Stanford Realty and Stanford Capital Finance, Burlingame, California. Among his volunteer work, Amistad served on the Board of San Mateo County FilAm Chamber of Commerce, on the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, Human Services Agency (2007-2013), and on Hillsdale High School Foundation volunteer committee. He is active in the non-profit sector where he served on the Stanford Alumni Association fundraising committee, PTA associations of San Mateo schools, and in other civic groups (past president of Lions Club, JayCees, District 15, Civil Grand Juror alternate, San Mateo County.) He is a member of the NAR, National Association of Realtors, CAR, California Association of Realtors, and SAMCAR, San Mateo County Association of Realtors. Prof. Amistad also worked for the Contra Costa Unlawful Detainer Action legal defense group.
A graduate of Stanford University, Prof. Amistad holds an advanced Master of Business Administration degree (MBA); University of Phoenix; JD, California Southern University; PhD, California Pacific University (2015) and BA Stanford University; University of San Diego credit, Microbusiness Technical Advisor, SBA and business loan specialist; and Post-masters degree certificate in Public Administration, Northcentral University.
Prof. Amistad was appointed a State Commissioner by California Governor Jerry Brown on Nov. 24, 2015. He serves as a Board member of the Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (Dept. of Consumer Affairs).
Publications: University of Phoenix, Management Strategies, Models and Business AdministrationAsian Journal Newspaper, Editorial and Community Writer, Journalist (since 2003-2013); SF Examiner and Independent Newspaper Business and Real Estate Section Editorial Columnist; SFNews.net 2014-current.
Barbara Arnoldussen is an educator and a writer. She has taught at International Technological University (ITU) in San Jose, California since 2009. She received ITU's Distinguished Faculty Award in 2013. Her books include First Year Nurse and Change Your Career: Nursing as Your New Profession. She is a contributing author to Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, 3rd edition, and is on its editorial board.
Barbara earned an MBA from San Jose State University with a concentration in program and project management. She interned in Management of Information Systems at the Center for Employment Training in San Jose, California. She received her BSN from Marquette University. She is currently a candidate for her Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at ITU, writing her dissertation on key factors activating cancer survivors through eHealth education.
Barbara's clinical and management experience includes being leader of a team providing education for IRB activities, clinical coordinator of an integrated medicine clinic, consultant to a NASA team about patient safety reporting, quality improvement director for a university student health center and a VA medical center, research nurse in rehabilitation and in anesthesiology, and director of a non-profit medical clinic for young adults. She has directed successful accreditation efforts to satisfy The Joint Commission, AAAHC, and AAHRPP.
As a new addition to the Department of Business Administration at ITU, my courses focus on ERP/SAP and Accounting. I am passionate about bridging the gap between academia and industry and making a positive difference. I have been consistently awarded for creating process efficiencies and “Making Things Happen”. At a departmental level, I am involved in making the ERP/SAP program distinguished and truly unique. In addition, I am also involved in specialized business program accreditation. At an institutional level, I am a part of the WASC Steering Committee. Outside of work, and along with other business core faculty, I am involved in mentoring ITU’s Toastmaster’s Club and improving student experiences during their degrees.
1 hour before class
Mr. Duane Brooks is an Adjunct Faculty member at International Technological University (ITU), Brandman University, and Modesto Junior College, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Business Administration and Leadership. He has been teaching at the postsecondary level for approximately 14 years.
Mr. Brooks received his Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) Degree in Business Administration, Management from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Degree from California State University, Stanislaus. He is now working on his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) at University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Mr. Brooks’ professional experience includes over 12 years in the telecommunications industry, working for companies such as AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and XO Communications. He has held positions in Marketing Management, Corporate Events Planning, Executive Briefing Programs, International Sales, and Customer Service Management. Some highlights include the development of Lucent’s national marketing campaign of telecommunications equipment to the utility market segment; management of Lucent’s Corporate Executive Briefing Program for the company’s senior executive team; and the sale and building of East Asia Crossing (EAC) – an international submarine cable system connecting several countries in Asia and the Pacific. Mr. Brooks also worked for Kana Communications, a Business-to-Business e-commerce firm, where he was responsible for the sale and marketing of e-commerce software (e-CRM); and University of the Pacific, where we was an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Co-operative Education, placing students in paid co-op positions.
Random facts: Mr. Brooks is originally from New York City and New Jersey; he is also the head wrestling coach at Enochs High School in Modesto, CA.
30 mins before and after class
Dr. Shraddha Desai is an adjunct faculty in Business Department with focus in Healthcare Management. Dr. Desai is a Clinical Project Manager at Adverum Biotechnologies and has over 10 years of experience in drug discovery, preclinical and clinical development, and clinical trials/operations. Dr. Desai also has over 6 years of teaching experience at various institutions and has created continuing education courses in clinical research management. Prior to Adverum Biotech., Dr. Desai worked as a Project Manager at INC Research, a Clinical research organization based in Raleigh, NC; as a Clinical Operations Lead at Incyte Corporation , an Oncology Biotech based in Wilmington, DE; Scientist and Study manager at Duke University, a highly recognized Academic institute based in Durham, NC.
Degree: PhD in Chemistry-Biochemistry, University of South Florida
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
1 hour after class
Venkatesh Gopal, known to many as VG, has a Master’s in Chemistry and a Ph.D in Biotechnology from Anna University. His passion is to develop commercial products that would be of use to society and research should culminate in a tangible solution rather than an esoteric exercise. As a result, many of his projects has commercial implications – whether it is in Chemistry or Biology. Although he started out as a Chemist, he realized that Biology is nothing but chemistry in a micro-scale and that a biologist would be more effective with a background in Chemistry. He chose to undertake a research project in Biology for his Graduate studies and graduated with a Ph.D in Biotechnology.
For his master thesis he worked at IIT Madras to develop novel heterocyclic compounds on Doped-Alumina catalyst and his work during his graduate studies include developing a vaccine for a viral disease and projects on identifying biologically active compounds in medicinal plants that were and are used a medicine in Siddha and Ayurveda even today. He investigated the medicinal properties of P. amarus for the treatment of human Hepatitis B virus.
He later joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where he investigated the differential regulation of hormone receptors – progesterone and estrogens in endometrial cancer with emphasis on the mechanism of regulation of these hormones in breast and endometrial cancers. His other works include investigation of transcriptional regulations of cAMP regulated genes in diabetes and global transcriptional regulation in yeast models to understand the complex regulation of genes and the role of transcriptional factors in regulating genes at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. When an opportunity presented itself to pursue his passion of commercial products he completed a collaborative project with Pfizer in the development of a block-buster drug – Viagra®. During this research project, he independently derived the mechanism of action and the underlying cell signaling pathway – both cAMP and cGMP pathways. He held a research scientist position at Vanderbilt.
Transitioning from academic research to commercial drug discovery and development, he joined Applied Biosystems (now part of Thermo Fisher) he worked with almost all major pharmaceuticals in the US and helped developed high throughput and high content assays for the identification of drug-able targets for further development. He worked as a technical sales and business development roles for GE Healthcare and BD Biosciences while working with major pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies: from drug discovery through development and commercialization.
When the Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial bug infected him, he took a risk and joined his school mate to start a healthcare and medical device product development. At Vignani, as GM of Healthcare, conceived, developed and patented a stem cell isolation device for use in clinical settings. He implemented Quality Systems to meet ISO 13486 during this period and also consulted for a company in Slovenia to develop markets for bioprocessing products both in US and in India.
Currently he directs Sales and Business Development for products and services for Kerry, a company headquartered in Ireland and manages the US West Coast business.
VG has been teaching Healthcare and Bio Management courses since 2009 at ITU and is a passionate teacher. His teaching philosophy is based in kindling the inquisitive nature innate in the students and guide them toward developing their curiosity toward meaningful outcome. Tapping into the vast experience from successful commercial organizations his courses provide insight into the current trends and best practices in the industry to enable students to be productive employees and build their careers successfully.
In addition to teaching he is an avid gardener, photographer and loves to travel and enjoys music.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dr. Guim has worked for private industry and government agencies including ATARI, Southern Pacific Communications, GTE Sprint, Bank of America, the Office of Economic Planning, Policy and Research (State of California), and the Division of Ratepayer Advocates of the California Public Utilities Commission. Currently, he teaches business administration and research methods courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels in local universities.
Dr. Guim has B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics, and M.S. in environmental management from the University of San Francisco; M.A. in education from Stanford University; and a doctoral degree in education (organization and leadership) from the University of San Francisco.
Dr. Guim was chair of the Business Administration department for 14 years at the National Hispanic University. He does consulting work in educational and organizational development with local and international educational and development agencies and universities (including Peru, Chile, and Taiwan). His research interests include the application of phenomenological and hermeneutical concepts for business, technology, education, and the arts.
By Appointment via Teleconference
Sunday 7:00AM - 8:00AM
I hold a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University (DBA in Information Technology Management, Nova Southeastern University, 2005). Prior to earning my doctorate, I was the operations manager of Avis (our franchise car rental agency) in Tampa, Florida for several years.
I did work for several universities (Quinnipiac University, the American University in Dubai (AUD), Bethune Cookman University, and the University of Tampa) among others. I like technology and teaching with it. Technology is bringing more challenges. To me it is the remarkable equalizer because it addresses all students in spite of the learning style and ability. I’ve been involved in teaching and developing courses for online courses for over 7 years. I was awarded a Certification by Sloan C Consortium in Online Teaching (June 2013).
I did author several journal articles and contributed to the previous edition of the textbook Decision Support and Business Intelligence Systems. I am frequently invited to present my research at national and international conferences. My current research interests include Knowledge Management, information systems success and strategy, and ethical impacts of information technology (IT).
Karen Haley Allen, M.A. Organization Development - USF, has 20+ years’ experience in leadership development, organizational change, coaching, and learning. A lifelong learner, she focuses on bridging people with the knowledge, skills, and strengths needed to succeed in leading organizations and teams, managing change, and fulfilling their life mission.
She coaches leaders and their teams in holistic Change Management - focused on managing people through change, building communication strategies, and engaging stakeholders in cultural shifts. She is inspired and committed to working with leaders and international organizations to implement leadership and transformational change programs to align their business success with values and purpose that is sustainable and serves the Worldwide communities.
Karen teaches at the University of California, Berkeley in the Leadership and Management and Human Resources Programs as well as in the MBA leadership programs at International Technological University. She was a Lead Faculty member and adviser in the School of Business, Education and Leadership at Dominican University, teaching courses including Strategies for Leading Change and The Soul in Business.
At ITU, she supported the launch of the ITU Toastmasters Club, sponsored by Dr. Amal and co-founded by Professor Patty Wiggin. Karen has been a Toastmaster for 15+ years, serving as Club President, VP of Education and VP of Marketing. She has appeared on TV Toastmaster Time several times.
Karen has taught High Performance Leadership and Organizational Leadership Theories at ITU, since joining the faculty in January, 2015. She is honored to be teaching Organizational Leadership Theories Spring Trimester, 2016 as an online course.
Karen founded HALEY ALLEN ASSOCIATES - Our mission is to challenge and empower leaders and their teams to align their deepest values with business results. She facilitates retreats and leads groups through workshops, webinars and seminars – Building Trust to Get Results, Managing Through Turbulent Times, and Leading with Spirit.
Specialties: Leadership Development, Organizational Change, Creativity, Performance Management, Conflict Communication, Group Dynamics and Facilitation, High Performance Teams, Learning Systems, Motivational Speaking, Spiritual Coaching, and Culture Transformation.
1 hour after class
Dr. Magdy M. Hussein is an author, scholar and a speaker in area of organization effectiveness and leadership. He has 25 years of engineering experience in broadcasting system engineering, Computer networking, and medical equipment industries.
He earned his PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University, a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Educational Engineering from Helwan University in Cairo-Egypt.
Dr. Hussein is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). He serves as a senior advisor for many consulting firms in the States and as a board member Mercy-USA a national humanitarian relief organization.
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
By appointment other days
Dr. Ramesh Konda is currently the Professor and Assistant Chair of Business Administration department. He has over 20 years work experience in small to large corporations. He has held various positions through out his career that include Senior Management level.
Dr. Konda has Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems, M.B.A., and M.S. in Industrial Engineering. His work experience includes in the areas of Information Systems, Software Development, Database Management, Data Analytics, Data Mining, Business Analysis, Quality Assurance, Quality Auditing, Manufacturing Processes, Six Sigma, Project Management, and Knowledge Management.
Dr. Konda is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is also a certified quality engineer (CQE) and certified quality auditor (CQA) from ASQ. Dr. Konda's papers were published in conference proceedings and International journals. He is currently serving on the editorial board of International Journal of Quality & Reliability.
Parimal Kopardekar (PK) serves as NASA's Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System where he develops concepts and technologies to increase efficiency of current operations and enabling future airspace operations. He also serves as the Principal Investigator for UAS Traffic Management (UTM) to safely enable large-scale UAS operations in the low altitude airspace.
He managed Safe Autonomous System Operations project, which is focused on autonomy/autonomicity in civil aviation, as part of the Airspace Operations and Safety Program. The project's goal is to develop gate-to-gate concepts and technologies aimed at improving aircraft and airspace efficiency, capacity, mobility, throughput, reduce delays, and overall airspace operations productivity. His portfolio covers technologies for flight deck, airline operations center, and air navigation service provider. He is particularly passionate about identifying and initiating high-risk and high-reward, game-changing, and disruptive innovations.
He is recipient of numerous awards: NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Ames Honors Award for Project Management, NASA Ames Engineer of the Year, and AIAA Distinguished Service Recognition Award. He has published more 40 articles with two best paper awards. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering. He also serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aerospace Operations.
He served as an adjunct faculty at Rutgers University, Drexel University, and Atlantic Cape Community college where he taught graduate and undergraduate level courses related to management, engineering, and statistics.
Monday - Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Professor Carmelita Omran has over 20-years of accounting and finance experience, which covered wide range of managerial responsibilities in different industries. She has worked for several years with two of the Big 5 public accounting/auditing firms, KPMG LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She was chief financial officer for a privately held corporation, corporate controller for several years for two manufacturing firms and a resort, and accounting consultant for Babcock & Brown, and the Union Bank.
Professor Omran also teaches accounting and business courses for the MBA program at the University of Phoenix, Sacramento, California. She received her MBA in Finance at the University of Phoenix. Currently, Professor Omran is pursuing her doctor’s degree in Accounting and Organizational Leadership.
Soly Paterson has over 13 years of business experience. In addition to her manufacturing experience, Soly has taught business and engineering subjects at yah graduate level. As Quality Systems Engineer, Training Coordinator and Project Manager in Silicon Valley companies in aerospace, medical device, SSD/ flash memory and other industries.
She has led, implemented and maintained process improvement initiatives. Soly has traveled extensively internationally (41 countries) and the United States (30 states). She has a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science Industrial Technology from San Jose State University and a Certificate of Project Management from UC Santa Cruz.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dr. Nik Tehrani PhD, MBA, is Vice President of Business Development of DynoSense Corp., and has over 25 years’ experience in business management, marketing, and supply chain development and implementation. He has also over 15 years of teaching experience as a lecturer and professor at various universities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to DynoSense, he was President and CEO of Savitron, Inc., an Electronic Manufacturing Solution Company; Global Director of Program Management at Sanmina-SCI, a leading EMS provider; Managing Director and Founder of Majital Solutions, a marketing and engineering consulting company; and Vice President of Marketing and Engineering of ACI, an Electronic Manufacturing Company. A mentor and doctoral student advisor, Dr. Tehrani is also author of several textbooks and peer-reviewed journal articles.
Wednesday and Thursday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Patricia Wiggin is Core Faculty in the Business Department. She enjoys teaching classes such as Organizational Leadership Theories, Business Communications, Managing Emotions and Persuasive Effectiveness. Through teaching and as an advisor for the ITU student Toastmaster’s club, she enjoys contributing to each student’s personal and professional development. Patty received the ITU Distinguished Faculty award for 2014-2015.
Working for over 30 years in the Medical Diagnostics industry, most recently with Siemens Corporation, Patty’s career includes positions in Product Management, Marketing, Communications, and Training.
Patty is also a Doctoral Student at ITU. She has a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from ITU. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, she is married with one child, volunteers in Christian youth mentoring programs and loves art and travel.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Also by appointment
Dr. Hiram Willis is both an INC 500 President (#401, 1996) and New York Fortune 50 President (#13, 1997). With past residences in Japan (Shin Yokohama), UK (Reading) and Germany (Frankfurt & Munich), his background includes CEO and President of Visualize Video Corporation (A Taiwan Company) and Voice Technologies Groups, Inc., as well as GM for Cygron International USA (Headquartered in Budapest, Hungry), and Cymbolic Sciences International, Inc. (Paris, France). He is a senior business strategy advisor to major US domestic and international companies in the areas of SaaS, networks, the-Internet-of-everything, and financial strategies, M&As, and telecommunication markets, as well as international venture and corporate capital. As a consultant and temporary president he brings a wealth of experience in creating profitable operations, market expansion, and new sources of capital.
Dr. Willis served on the adjunct faculty staff for the Fisher Graduate School of International Business, Monterey Institute of International Studies, as well as San Jose State University College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship, together with Menlo College and The Graduate School of Economics and Business, Saint Mary’s College. He is an invited speaker UC Berkeley and published and lectures on International Business Planning, Marketing plans & strategies, and Finance Strategies for Early Stage & Entrepreneurial Companies; Strategic Finance the Innovations that Builds Corporate Equity Value; as well as Business and Asset Valuations Techniques.
Dr. Willis’ work is in Socially Responsible Investments (SRIs) Walden University and Financial Derivatives Option Pricing for SRIs. His earlier education includes a MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University with post-graduate AMBA work. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, School of Engineering, and Electro-Physics Department, where he received the Archimedes Engineering Award in 1977. His background includes financial securities in equities, derivatives, partnerships, and capital restructuring, together with professional awards from IEEE Society of Optical Engineering, American Financial Association, and Inc 500 President, and New York Fortune 50 President Awards.